Head-On Collision … with a Turkey?

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Michael Kellems says he has been an officer for 31 years and has “never seen something like that.”

Kellem is referring to the very bizarre incident in which A New Jersey family traveling through northern Indiana when a 30-pound turkey crashed through their vehicle’s windshield.

Kellems says the flying bird collided with the family’s rented SUV on 3/28/2017. The unfortunate turkey was left stuck in the broken windshield as driver John Tarabocchia of Emerson, New Jersey, pulled over along U.S. 20.

Captain Kellem was happy to report that Mr. Tarabocchia and his three passengers escaped with only a few minor cuts.

Tarabocchia tells The Indianapolis Star his family was headed to a Chicago airport to return home after visiting his daughter at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. The family was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of South Bend.